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this week's main headlines on r.t. private bradley manning faces more than one hundred thirty years in prison after being found guilty of the biggest leak in u.s. history. fellow whistleblower edward snowden breaks his cover spending his first days in russian territory after receiving long awaited paperwork allowing him to leave a moscow airport and live and work in the country. meanwhile the surveillance scandal snowballs in the u.k. snowden's latest revelations show how leading telecom companies hand their data to british intelligence which is funded by america's controversial spy agency. most of us are prisoners held without charge at one time obey you cues his guards of carrying out procedures and amounts of sexual abuse critics say the face of search is used to break the resolve of inmates.
at the past seven days top stories and the latest developments this is the weekly. and american judges found private bradley manning guilty of almost all charges against him the former intelligence analyst now faces more than one hundred thirty years behind bars for leaking a massive amount of classified data the soldier was however cleared of the most serious and controversial charge of aiding the enemy let's take a look at the timeline of events surrounding manning it all started when he was deployed to iraq back in two thousand and nine several months later he exposed to the world a video showing u.s. troops killing civilians in iraq his arrest didn't stop revelations as we published a new trove of classified data. including diplomatic cables he faced twenty two
charges including aiding the enemy united nations called manning's confinement conditions as torturous and inhumane as he awaited the court martial which started this june but the judge didn't allow the un inspector to testify finally he's found guilty of nineteen of the charges against him with the leak seen as the biggest in u.s. history author and activist cluck stokely thinks that the wrong person was in the dark all actuality we should have to look on trial in the cloud on murder video that we saw in the closing arguments and the beginning of the. case. you hear i name called kyle in the collateral murder video for your request would simply show that there was one in the battalion july twelfth two thousand and seven and there's three other men that were in helicopters the patchy helicopters that
day and my question is why aren't they on trial because they clearly broke the rules of engagement and committed war crimes we've known all along that bradley is a truth teller and he didn't throw any lives up them supporters of bradley manning are ready to put their lives on the line as they are a major part of his sentence auntie's made a point not went to new york's union square to hear what u.s. citizens think of the verdict. this square has been something of a stomping ground for bradley manning supporters in new york city you see over the years many rallies have been held here in honor of the army private first class intelligence analyst now manning has been found guilty of downloading and releasing confidential u.s. documents that subsequently disclosed illegal activity and crimes on the part of washington manning faces up to one hundred thirty six years in prison instead of telling you how the public is reacting to this news we're handing our microphone
directly over to the citizens bradley manning didn't commit any crimes would be like is if you shot me and the camera man said hey i've got this footage of this crime and he. you know put it out there for justice and instead of trying you they try him and it doesn't make any sense it would appear to me that the manning verdict would be sending a message to edward snowden i'm sure he's listening. you know because it's a really similar situation and i think they're doing a good thing because the american people are basically enslaved and they're you know they're told what to do by the media and they follow orders if you look at the apache helicopter video which probably the most famous one. for the american public at least know what is actually going on in the war. fighting all worth fighting at that point i just hope maybe somebody like obama. may be doing is the last word we
use a lame duck president decides to board money now although manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy charges he may be punished for the rest of his life for presenting the american public with the truth reporting from new york for an up or nine our take this week was a sore benchmark moment in the plight of another u.s. whistleblower as he attempts to avoid u.s. prosecution edward snowden left his limbo in a moscow airport his. it was granted temporary asylum by the russian authorities he can now move around freely and work in the country for up to twelve months russia's top social networking website is already over him a job but the story is a fresh twist with his current location unknown frustrating journalists overflowing with questions. takes a look back at how snowden's airport saga unfolded. on sunday june twenty third when reports surface that the u.s. is newest whistleblower edward snowden was in russian airspace on
a flight from his hong kong hideout every journalist knew the weekend was over and they all scurried here to section a i said to metro airport snowden and his wiki leaks advisor sarah harrison are a no show reporters found out that snowden and his advisors were due to be on a flight to cuba the next day so what did they do search around for the nearest hotel to get a good night's sleep before getting on that flight. june twenty fourth dawns the doors to the flight close seat seventeen a is empty galleys and restrooms are searched the cargo hold is suspected a drinks trolley is found in business class hangovers are reported june twenty fifth president putin confirms that snowden is still in the transit area of the airport foreign minister sergei lavrov dismisses a u.s. request for extradition this stakeout continues because you just never know when he'll come out from hiding everyone with the press badge gets to know airport food
courts and the coin operated massage chairs very well july second wiki leaks says snowden is seeking asylum in nineteen more countries including china cuba nicaragua venezuela and india. the next day at another airport this time in austria drama unfolds the president of bolivia is plane is forced to land on suspicion that snowden is on board the heat and the debate turns up on the heels of this bolivia nicaragua and venezuela make their offers of asylum well known denouncing the pressure exerted by america but one little problem remains getting to any of these destinations without falling into the hands of american law enforcement it was here on the second floor terminal where snowden held a conference with human rights activists and with his advisors made the announcement that he was scared to fly not for heights and that he was thinking of asking russia for asylum the video and photos make it out of that meeting and are
quickly uploaded for our stories finally we have something to bring back to our newsrooms now the wait for the paperwork in this case a response to snowden scribbles on a blank sheet hey whatever works staff only this unassuming door here on the first floor of the terminal at the airport was headquarters july twenty fourth when everyone thought anatoly snowden's russian advisor would be bringing that very important piece of paper from immigration services allowing him to exit the airport instead all he brought were a bag of books some new clothes and a healthy dose of consolation for snowden and the journalists. until august first when they know himself shows the press that fateful document making edward snowden free to travel through the russian federation until july thirty first two thousand and fourteen he says edward is gone and his lips are sealed. due to the fact that
he is the most wanted person on planet earth today he would be concerned about the issue of security that includes questions of safety and the place where he is going to live that's all up to him as he is new or will consult and advise him but on other. shoes it's up to him according to our sources when a plane from paris was emptying out he took a chance and jumped in a blender. edward snowden had flown and then walked out nearly an artist much to our chagrin in moscow lindsey france r t one of the conditions moscow had earlier said for taking snowden in was that he stops harming washington with he's leaks in an interview to a russian t.v. channel the whistle blows fall of the said his son will have no difficulty in hearing to the criteria i understand his tremendous political interest and at this point our government i suspect is somewhat angry about the way this has has turned out i am again thankful to the russian people president vladimir putin's and
anatoly sure enough for the courage the strength the humanity that they have demonstrated in what i believe is this noble action of protecting my son and keeping him safe as a father he needs to respect the president who requests i believe my son's work is done with this in terms of he has made a tremendous sacrifice to let the american people what has been done to them and in their name and i am again so thankful to the people of russia snowden's asylum cause a great deal of anger in the us with american politicians rushing to embalmed rhetoric at mosco we're not now from auntie's going to come. the moment edward snowden walked out of that moscow airport russia became the object of washington's wrath we heard calls for president obama to boycott the g. twenty summit in russia the president's press secretary said washington is quote
unquote extremely disappointed with moscow's decision on snowden and that it undermines the growing cooperation between russian and u.s. security services certain members of congress used even harsher term senator chuck schumer said russia has stabbed us in the back and each day that mr snowden is allowed to roam free is another twist of the knife senator lindsey graham says americans in washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with the bushes and john mccain goes it is a slap in the face of all americans we cannot allow today's action by put into a stand without serious repercussions of course for many politicians here attacking snowden and russia is much easier than defending this surveillance state the white house keeps repeating this mantra mr snowden is not a whistleblower he is accused of leaking classified information and has been charged with three fairly villany counts and he should be returned to the united states polls show the majority of americans actually disagree with the white house
on whether or not mr snowden is a whistle blower they think it is so what else they disagree with a gallup poll shows fifty three percent of americans now disapprove of the government surveillance programs as opposed to thirty seven percent who approve another poll by the queen a parent university conducted just in the wake of snowden's revelations shows forty five percent of americans say the government's anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far restricting civil liberties three years ago twenty five percent of americans thought so it's a massive shift in attitudes a shift that the lawmakers and the government can't ignore as much as they like to attack snowden his revelations have put the white house on the defensive you can complain about big brother and this is. a potential. program run amuck but when you actually look at the details then i think we've struck the right balance well let's look at some of those details from snowden we
first learned about the prism program a system the n.s.a. uses to gain access to the private communications of users of nine popular services the government said the n.s.a. does that only with a warrant from the fights a court snowden said the court merely rubber stamp such warrants and he revealed one such revealed one such secret court order for a telecommunications company to hand over its clients debtor in bulk the government has acknowledged the bulk collection of communications but said no one can look at the content of those communications without a warrant snowden said that's a lie this week the guardian relying on the documents that snowden had earlier provided has revealed details of a program that makes such warrantless snooping possible we learned about x. keyscore which allows to search through vast amounts of data collected by other programs snowden has leaked the n.s.a.'s training materials where the agency boasts that the program is the widest reaching system for developing intelligence from the
net having sekret fice to screen or and his comfortable lifestyle snowden said he wanted to expose the government lives in washington i'm going to check. and snowden's revelations continue to send reverberations around the world his news is published leaks show that telecom giants like the rise in vodafone and british telecom allowed the british intelligence agency to look through their clients' private data g c h q had unlimited access to millions of phone calls e-mails and facebook conversations come shortly after it was disclosed that the n.s.a. poured millions of dollars into the british agency securing its access to surveillance data but intelligence analysts glenmore trail harvey says that close ties between the u.s. and u.k. intelligence services are nothing new. g c h q like the n.s.a. n.s.a. very very pleased in their operations in fact there are three main locations in the united kingdom one menwith hill you know harrigan. the big dome.
the stone office they call it it shows them and when stone comal these have all been funded in the main by the national security agency and the management management with still there are seven hundred fifty national security agency american employees working now so they meld together they might as well be known as the n.s.a. g.h.q. there are so close. possibility of shipments to syrian rebels. rushing to send weapons through the country amid numbers of europeans leaving their homes to fight against president the sat we bring you the story of one father whose son has joined the rebels. and his new law enabling authorities to shut down websites carrying copyright infringement content draws frustration from web activists the first lawsuit against. already filed another
story after a break. from . reverberate through the centuries when vengeance called for blood. hanging and this member him for eight years. get out wave law and faith in the caucuses. handed down from generation to generation and they killed my son with impunity. and with impunity it was a question of can once more to be reconciled today.
to see. her straight. and i think the church. doors. could be in the. this is the weekly here an hour to an inmate at guantanamo bay is accused of carrying out procedures amounting to sexual assault invasive routines were described by the last british resident of the facility shaka am in a private talk to his lawyer says that during the searches an extraction team walks in and forces a detainees to befool putting down their arms and legs to prevent movement the procedure takes place any time a prisoner wants to leave his cell to see a lawyer or
a relative and it happens again when he returns prisoners believe this is a tactic to intimidate them breaking the ongoing hunger strike and prevent them from taking legal steps to defend themselves but as carry on as an attorney with the u.s. center for constitutional rights and she says conditions of the president may will contravene international law these toxic tactics of. confinement whose body searches among other things. used to pressure the man to break the strike one point i want to correct is a factual matter is transitions at one time all right now i'm not he said they are not you have most of them and they are protesting for over three months in conditions of solitary confinement so there is not only a problem. and it's illegal detention without charge at guantanamo right now but a question of serious serious questions about the united states is compliance with the geneva conventions in terms of humane treatment of these men and they are in twenty to twenty four hour solitary confinement. or quantum authorities for
a response to the accusations and the facility representative says they were unwilling to comment on such claims regardless of how ridiculous and absurd they may be. a new law against internet piracy has come into effect in russia it will enable authorities to shut down websites which carry copyright breaching video content the law has stirred controversy in the internet community with actor was fearing it will lead to censorship several popular websites announced a black elf in protest let's take a closer look at the legislation. despite that statistics on the internet piracy in russia have improved greatly over the last decade dropping from ninety three percent in two thousand and one to little more than a sixty percent last year still it poses a huge problem for the country does rated in top five world countries in terms of piracy let me demonstrate what you can do in russia for instance you want to watch a fresh movie which has been just released but you do want to pay for it you go to
one of the social network websites in russia find the movie you like and voila you have it created to the administration of the website they are trying to fight this problem they're blocking the users who are uploading illegal content but still with more than fifty million users registered for this network alone it is an uphill task something the new legislation is destined to mend from now on if any website is suspected of having illegal content it will be reported to a special watchdog body called the us and then in three days the website owner must remove this illegal content if he refuses to do so then his website would be suspended until trial then in court he may prove his innocence and have his website relaunched or the website will be shut down for good if it's proven that he's content was illegal now even before this law became reality even before it passed the russian parliament it caused a fury online and even offline with some minor street protests the internet users have been saying and have been believing that this would suppress internet freedoms
that this would cause a massive crackdown and censorship on line and the law if affectively went into force some of the big russian websites including one of the biggest music download websites in russia have gone on strike putting some black screens instead of their starting pages so people have been essentially believing that this may suppress freedoms which is not quite the case if you read into this law but now let's compare how other countries worldwide are fighting the very same problem in two thousand and nine france adopted the so-called a law which stipulates that anyone violating content distribution rules is given two warnings. before the internet service provider is forced to cut off the use of internet access if the culprit persists he risks a fine of up to three hundred thousand euros and after three years in prison the most liberal anti-piracy law is believed to be in the netherlands torrent websites are technically our lord but still downloading content for noncommercial use is not illegal uploading it means breaking the law and possible prosecution japan adopted
its anti-piracy law last year and was immediately branded as draconian quite understandably some may say because violating it would land you a fine of one million a year and that's roughly ten thousand dollars and a two year prison term and often the violators are punished with both it's worth mentioning that none of the above mentioned countries have registered an increase in purchases of legal canton since adopting these laws how the new legislation works in russia which stands in between not only geographically but in terms of the law strictness but has a far more serious piracy issue will become very clear a son rouhani has been sworn in before parliament in iran a day after being indorsed as the next president by the country's supreme leader rouhani was elected with support of the reformist vote and valid to end the country's international isolation as part of his election platform but the u.s. is welcome the new president with new economic sanctions more than seventy american senators have also signed a letter calling on president obama to further clamp down on iran's economy
political analyst shabbir razvi told me earlier that the new president isn't likely to usher in a new era of cooperation with the west. the hasn't rouhani has quite clearly said that in so far as your politics is concerned and international relations really there isn't much change in the iranian policy and why should there be because really for the last thirty five years there hasn't been any change from washington london or paris in so far as iran is concerned and the iranian administration and the government is concerned iranian politicians are applying a policy of really not opposing washington consensus just for the sake of opposing but really wanting justice and respect for iran as a nation and the e.u. arms embargo on syria officially expired this week which means there's nothing now
stopping the block from sending weapons to the country but it appears some european countries are already deeply involved in the civil war e.u. citizens are flocking to syria to join assad fighters and the scale appears to be vast a french official said that in nine years of conflict in afghanistan only fifty jihadists left the country to fight meanwhile in syria's case more than one hundred people have now gone there from france in just one year alone according to some experts in most cases they are joining our qaeda and other terror groups the total number of europeans who have left to fight in the syrian war is now over six hundred dimitri buntin q some joined us forces in syria told us his story. but i still want to hold on to it friends with muslim brothers. and there's nothing wrong with that to go on holiday for the war you know and after. that they may send as much as though this entire year will they give him money that they give him
a scholarship that pay money to study to continue this study of this muslim religion and sufism in utah but i didn't trust it i had a feeling that something was going wrong i started this cover every day thousand pictures and videos of syria and one day i recognize my whole son in the video with other belgian guys this am yes we're standing above all these children from the west not only from the west but many of the old young guys from all over the walls they. are using this young children time now for some international news in brief this hour at a very nearly twenty six minutes past the hour twenty two u.s. embassies across the middle east and north africa are closed and make remain sharp for the next few days due to a terror threat the american official said that they've learned from an intercepted al qaeda conversation that the attack is going to be big and strategically significant washington has also issued a worldwide travel alert u.s. embassy in yemen was attacked last year while a deadly assault was also carried out on the ambassador in libya.
crowds of people have descended on the streets of rome to rally in support of italy's former prime minister and center right leader silvio berlusconi demonstration as a climax to weekend political turbulence after he was found guilty of tax for converting that could see by this county under house arrest has put the fragile government coalition under threat it's five ministers from his party state they are ready to resign over the issue. so that brings up today for the moment i'll be back with a weekly more for you in just over half an hour with the team in the meantime we look at the way the twenty first century is changing vendetta traditions in russia's caucasus region that saw a special report after the break. remember
we talked about calling for regular folks like you and me that can make you invisible to drones well freedom fashions as i like to call them are continuing to expand although the fact that our drones infrared eyes are very scary the more common street cameras are way more likely to on average day violate your privacy and thus they invented the justice cap this hat blocks your face with l.e.d. lights from face recognition software all the camera will see is an anonymous glowing ghost i personally haven't tested this thing out nor have i seen it with my own eyes and wearing three aaa batteries on your head at all times does seem like a bit of a bother but hey if you really want to be left alone and you're willing to throw down a few dollars this looks like a pretty good fashion statement to me the sad thing is that this sort of invention shouldn't need to exist people should have to live with the constant fear of unlawful consent less observation but sadly they do so inventors keep the freedom
fashions coming but that's just my opinion. for police officer. cleaning his gun after being on duty is a matter of priority it's almost a ritual for him and he's helped by his seventy year old son. yeah. i want my son to be a soldier everybody in our family has been a military man me my father and even my grandfather and his time it's always been that way you could say our family loves weapons. and
already disassembled a pistol by himself and knows where each individual part goes. he says it's not too heavy for him it's just his hands are too small. this mail is being prepared for adult life in chechnya several generations of the family have followed the chechen code every shooting is answered with another. they have taken revenge for each one of their murdered clan members. guns yes very much so he says are you going to carry a gun i will he says we have always had respect for weapons and i suppose it's been that way for centuries it's in our hearts.